OFFSHORE: Weather-wise it wasn't a bad week as far as the offshore scene was concerned. The last few days were a bit ordinary, courtesy of a moderate to fresh easterly blow, but it was otherwise fishable. The bar crossing (with the main channel shifted back towards the middle of the river mouth) was 'easy as'.
Most anglers tended to work the closer reefs, with the middle reef belt once again marking the outer limits. Report and photo from Chicko Vella, Davo's Tackle World... "Wow! Conditions for the start of the week just couldn't be better. It was definitely mackerel friendly. We flew out to Chardon's for a troll but after a few figure eights we knew there wasn't a lot on offer. Bagged a good eating size Spanish and lost a few to snip offs. Picked up a small longtail or northern bluefin tuna for entree on a deep diver. Now my mate Richard Beeson (pictured above) will find out what sweet 'n' sour is all about!! Get out!!"
And from Cougar One skipper Nat Turner... "Hey Bill. We ran seven hour charters on Monday and Tuesday, to North Reef and Chardon's Reef respectively. The fish didn't come easy and we've been having to move around a lot, but ended up finding some nice fish on both trips. We landed quality pearl perch (pictured above) squire, moses perch, venus tusk fish, Maori cod (below left) and grass sweetlip. There was plenty of bait on the surface and mid water at North Reef. We tried trolling hard bodies and floating down dead and live baits without much luck. Cheers, Nat."
And earlier in the week the Bluewater boys worked closer in... "We fished Sunshine Reef on a five hour charter on Friday. Conditions were good with little to no current and light winds. We caught heaps of grass sweetlip, squire, Moses perch and coral trout. We put in lots of casts into the tuna boils and ended up getting one from a few bites. Cheers, Nat." Laguna Bay was relatively quiet with just the odd cobia, small Spaniard and longtail tuna reported on the bite.
COASTAL: Yaroomba and the Coolum Beach stretch were worth a look this week with dart, whiting and the odd mulloway on the bite. From Nick Jorgensen, below left... "Jewfish caught whilst fishing for whiting at Coolum Beach on Friday. Got it on a piece of prawn on a 2-4kg stick and pea size hook. It measured 86cm." Nick's report might have been a tad brief but his jewfish on light tackle was deemed a righteous capture and earned him this week's $100.00 Davo's/ChaseBaits Fish of the Week prize. Further up, whiting, bream and solid dart were active at Castaways Beach on peeled prawns. Marcus Beach had some good size mulloway and with the moon building this area should produce some nice fish. The northern end of Sunshine Beach produced some outstanding sized whiting with some big bream thrown in the mix. Whiting have also been caught on the flood tide at the northern end of Alexandra Bay.
ESTUARY: Report from Jimmy Free, Noosa River Fishing Safaris... "Plenty of flathead around the last week. Mainly around the Woods Bays, the Dog Beach and river mouth. Matt from New South Wales (above right) caught and released this 62cm dusky flathead there over the weekend. It went for a whole prawn bait. There's big schools of surgeon fish following the incoming tide and bait fish from the mouth to the Woods as well. Also lots of barred javelin fish in the dirty water on the run out tide. It would definitely be worth getting a few pots out around the sound and up Weyba where we've line caught a few blue swimmers and muddies."
And from Adam Neilson, Davo's Tackle World... "Jacks are still in great numbers down in the lower half of the river. Live baits are working well. If you can’t get livies, strip baits of mullet or bonito are coming up trumps. If you want a bigger model, try and fish in the early hours of the morning 12 - 4am. Trevally are still in the Woods Bays, smashing the surface early in the morning. As the sun gets up in the sky they head into the deeper sections of this area and school up. Finding them on your sounder and jigging the schools will produce good results. Whiting numbers are getting stronger. The size is still outstanding, live worms and yabbies lightly weighted and drifted off the sand banks at the river mouth is the best technique to get yourself a feed. Flathead are being caught on the run out down at the river mouth. Try the Dog Beach and the rock groyne with whitebait, hardy heads and small pillies. Weyba Creek has had some nice whiting just below the three bridges. Flathead have been active at the entrance to the lake particularly at the start of the run out. There have been a few nice muddies caught in Weyba as well. Upriver, the stretch in between the lakes has started to fire with some solid jacks getting caught in the snags. Fish the turn of the tide in this area. In the deeper holes in between the lakes is the place for some nice size jewfish."
FRESHWATER: Lake Macdonald still has a lot of dirty water coming in and as a result, the fish have been hard to find. They've been hanging in deeper waters around structure or dense weed beds. Turn sounders on and move around with a deep diving lure out the back. Staying in the open will keep you away from the Cabomba which hinders a lot of edge fishing. While we're on this topic, please ensure you remove any that you find trapped in trailers after launching/retrieving your boat. This weed is highly invasive and we would not like to see it spread to other waterways. Borumba is also quiet with the bass sitting in deeper waters. Time to try deeper running lures like blades, vibes and jig spinners. Give the Bassman and Hot Bite spinner baits a try as the vibration will certainly attract fish sitting in dirtier waters. On a positive note the levels are back to normal so old tracks can be followed, especially at Borumba.